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Satellite services group joins Global Satellite Coalition

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Australia’s Satellite Services Working Group of the Communications Alliance has joined the Global Satellite Coalition, a grouping of the world’s leading satellite industry associations.

The move was announced at the Satellite Next-Gen Focus event in Sydney on Monday by SSWG Chair and Communications Alliance chief executive, John Stanton, and GSC representative, Dr Bob Horton.

The SSWG is a group of 19 satellite services-focused companies active in the Australian market.

Dr Horton said the inclusion of the SSWG would enable the GSC to leverage the local resources and expertise present in companies based in or serving Australia and its neighbouring countries.

Stanton welcomed the move, which he said would help keep satellite players in touch with global counterparts and in tune with “fast-paced developments occurring in many different markets around the world”.

The GSC was created in 2017 and the membership of its Associations spans the globe, reflecting the total coverage of satellite through the combined support of hundreds of member companies based in every world region.

The founding partners of the GSC include Abrasat (Brazil); APSCC (Asia Pacific); AVIA (Asia Pacific) – former CASBAA; ESOA (Europe, Middle East, Africa, CIS); SIA (USA), and GVF (global).

The GSC has set as its priority to advocate the role of satellite in achieving complete connectivity from contributing to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and the Broadband Commission’s connectivity objectives to realising the Network of Networks required for 5G.

In addition, it works to ensure that satellite services are an essential element of national broadband strategies, universal service programs and disaster preparedness efforts.

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